THE Capitol rioter who broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the failed coup is denying he called her a "b***h" in a note he left on her desk, and instead said he called her a "biatch."
Richard "Bigo" Barnett, the rioter seen in photos from the January 6 insurrection reclining in Pelosi's chair with his feet on her desk, is saying he used the colloquial term because it's "less offensive."
In a motion filed on Friday with the US District Court in Washington DC, Barnett's defense attorneys Joseph D. McBride and Steven A. Metcalf said the federal government was misquoting Barnett in using the curse.
"Hey Nancy Bigo was here Biatd," read a note Barnett had left on Pelosi's desk, according to his lawyers.
"The 'd' was meant to be two letters, 'c' and 'h' with the 'c' connected to an 'h' to spell the word 'biatch' which is a slang and less offensive word for 'b**ch,'" McBride and Metcalf wrote in a footnote.
The rioter's lawyers also attached a link to the definition of the word "biatch" from the site idioms.thefreedictionary.com.
On the site, "biatch" was defined as "rude slang, a variant of 'b**ch,' used as a term of endearment or disparagement for another person. Primarily heard in US."
"It does not say 'you' or 'bitch' or have any commas; and the word 'Hey' is intentionally omitted," wrote the lawyers.
"The government's misrepresentation of Exhibit 7 is its latest deliberate attempt to mislead this Court by casting Mr. Barnett in the worst possible light in order to ensure that pretrial release is not granted in this case," they continued.
However in a viral video, Barnett is heard clearly saying the word "b***h" when explaining his actions inside the Capitol.
"I left her a note on her desk, it says, 'Nancy, Bigo was here you b***h,'" he said.
Barnett was seen in a number of photos sitting in Pelosi's chair in her office as thousands of rioters stormed the Capitol.
The Arkansas native was indicted in January on federal charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property or records.
His lawyers argue he should be granted pretrial release given the "distorted recitation" of the note, saying the prosecution could not justify his detention.
"The government's argument in favor of pretrial detention is unsupported by facts demonstrative of risk of flight or danger to the community," his lawyers argued.
"The government has also utterly failed in demonstrating a specific articulated future threat of dangerousness, but has instead advanced speculation and conjecture in its absence," they ended.
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